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Carers Rights Day: Ensuring caring for someone doesn’t end up costing the relationship

The Empowered Conversations research study has been working with carers organisations across Greater Manchester to recruit carers of people living with dementia to the trial.

The Empowered Conversations course is designed to improve communication and relationships between carers and the person they support.

Research Associate Cassie Eastham explains, “As well as promoting our study, I’ve had the privilege of hearing people’s stories about caring for their loved ones during these especially difficult times. It’s also been a great opportunity to find out about the services that people can access to make sure that they find out about and get the support that they are entitled to”.

On Carers Rights Day on Thursday 24 November 2022, carers services will be holding events with the theme of “Caring Costs” to recognise the impact that being an unpaid carer has on people’s lives.

The cost of caring is not just financial. Caring for someone can come at a cost to a person’s relationships with the person they support and other family and friends. It may come at a cost to their education or employment options. Or it may cost carers their own physical and mental wellbeing because of the emotional demands of caring and struggling to access services for their own needs.

Trafford Carers Centre are using Carers Rights Day to host a Carers Information Day, bringing together organisations and support agencies in a one-stop marketplace setting so carers can speak face to face with professionals, obtain personalised advice and make the most of their rights as a carer.

“Sometimes the caring role can be so enormous that making time for personal tasks and general life admin becomes overwhelming” explains Jules Kennedy, Carers Support and Engagement Manager for the service, “We want to make it as easy and as flexible as we can for carers, so we’re welcoming drop-ins throughout the day - stay for 10 minutes or stay all day!”

Emma Smith, Empowered Conversations project will be at the Trafford event and adds, “The Empowered Conversations course gives caregivers the opportunity to learn from each other and share their experiences of caring for someone living with dementia. Knowing that others are facing similar challenges can give them strength and confidence in their role.”

To find out more about the Empowered Conversations research study, email empowered@gmmh.nhs.uk

For more information on Carers Rights Day in your area.

Wigan November 24 10-12, Wigan Life Centre North and Howe Bridge Leisure Centre
Wigan Borough Carers and Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre

Bolton November 24 11:15-2:30, The Cloisters, Holiday Inn BL1 2EW
Bolton Carers Support

Trafford November 24 10-2:30, Stretford Public Hall
Trafford Carers Centre

Manchester November 24 9:30-4 Friends Meeting House
Carers Manchester

Salford November 25 10-2, Wardley Community Centre
Gaddum

 
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